Having toured extensively across 22 states, and with more than 500 shows under their belts, Philadelphia rock band SPiN has spent the past year working non-stop on their debut full-length album. Internationally released in October 2010, BELiEVE was recorded inside a 150-year-old funeral home in the band's hometown. Abandoning the bigger studio approach utilized for their previous release, SPiN championed the DIY approach to its fullest this time around. The band members took turns learning to use recording software on their laptops and proceeded to produce, engineer, mix and master the album with virtually no outside help. “We bought a few mics, learned Pro Tools and went for it,” says keyboardist Jim Vacca. Using this same approach, the band members also created their own website, press photos, and album artwork. “What started out as an experiment in learning to record better demos ended up being out first full-length album”, adds lead singer Eric Rothenheber.
SPiN's previous self-titled EP release was well received, garnering press in newspapers around the U.S. including the Philadelphia Daily News and Inquirer, The Virginia Tribune, Baltimore Times, Florida Style Magazine, Washington Informer and more. The EP produced the band's first top 10 hit with their single "Home" reaching number 7 on the FMQB charts and being labeled by that same publication as "easily one of the surprises of the year". Building on that momentum, SPiN landed support slots for several multi-platinum acts such as Puddle of Mudd, Hinder, Trapt, and Fat Joe as well as Halestorm, Red, SafetySuit, Rev Theory and other well established bands. Another song from the EP, "Playing Dead", was met with similar national attention as its music video was in rotation in the U.S. on FUSE TV, in Canada on AUX TV, and online as a NEW Yahoo! Music featured video. Currently, even more music from the EP is being featured across MTV Network shows, such as the top-rated "Teen Mom" series. Numerous online music portals and blogs posted positive reviews of the band's first effort including Spin magazine's publisher Tom Hartle who said "we want to support these guys", which was ironic in that his magazine filed a cease and desist order against the band for use of the name earlier that month.
SPiN's sound has been described as alternative pop/rock infused with electronic elements and powerful vocal harmonies - reminiscent of bands like Muse, Queen, HIM, and The Cars. Bill Burrs, Senior VP of Rock at RCA, said the new album has a "nice rock edge with some real pop sensibilities" and Wildy's World blog claimed that, "SPiN takes the melodic rock tendencies of 1970’s heavyweights Styx or Queen while maintaining a modern edge that makes them highly appealing across several age demographics." These descriptions are all somewhat fitting, but the guys in SPiN would rather be referred to as they were in the Philadelphia Weekly: "... Spin are hot shags and fantastic songwriters... ". How the reporter learned about the band’s bedroom skills is unclear—but no one is arguing.
SPiN has received both a 2010 and 2011 ASCAPlus songwriting award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. They are already at work on new material, which they plan to release through a series of smaller EPs beginning in early 2011.